Old China Hands lunch 3 January

Our monthly lunch at Morel’s Restaurant

The Old China Hands lunch 3 January 2020 was the first one of 2020, a year where we face the Year of the Rat (my year!). We were 32 while we were initially worried nobody would turn up…

Lively conversation as always with some hanging around till late afternoon…
This time also some pics of the (great) food. It is a special deal for us only for the business lunch, with a choice of several starters and several main dishes, plus desert and coffee or tea. Thanks to Renaat and Susan of Morel’s Restaurant! See also the wonderful Christmas decoration, design, execution and pictures by Susan. Many people stopped on the street to take pictures of it!

Our next lunch

Next round is on Friday 7 February 2020, well after Chinese New Year.
If you know anybody interested and fitting the requirements, let me know.

Old China Hands lunch 6 December

Our monthly lunch at Morel’s Restaurant

The Old China Hands lunch 6 December 2019 was the last lunch of 2019, a year where we enjoyed our monthly lunches. We were well over 30, a pretty nice number for the time of the year. The list of “members” is now well over 100!

Normally everybody goes for the (special) business lunch but one insisted for a fondue. Can’t blame him, the fondue is great, see the menu.

Our next lunch

Next round is on Friday 3 January 2020, the first lunch of the new year. I decided to keep it on the first Friday, whoever is in town!
To all our OCH friends, a Happy New Year, also the Year of the Rat (my year), coming soon.

Meeting Jan Jambon

Morel’s Restaurant

My friend’s restaurant is “the” place to meet interesting people. Like meeting Jan Jambon, who signed the VIP book of the restaurant.

On 25 September 2017 he had lunch there, when he was on an official visit:
H.E. Mr. Jan JAMBON, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Security attended the 86th INTERPOL General Assembly session in Beijing; accompanied by H.E. Mr. Marc VINCK, Ambassador of Belgium.

He was again in Beijing in November 2019 during the Belgian Economic Mission to the People‚Äôs Republic of China, presided by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Representative of His Majesty the King  in his capacity as Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy, Culture, IT and Facilities. That time I did not meet him.

Giving my book

I took the opportunity to give a copy of my book Toxic Capitalism. Also present was my friend Peter Ritzen and his wife Stella, and of course chef Renaat Morel.
See the pictures:

Old China Hands lunch 19 October

Our monthly lunch at Morel’s Restaurant

The Old China Hands lunch 19 October was different: exceptionally not on the first Friday of the month as the restaurant was closed due to the October 1 holidays.
We saw a moderate turnout with nearly 30 people, new faces, old faces.

The videos now online

As mentioned earlier, China Today made some videos of Renaat & Susan and myself (with the Old China Hands lunch).
All videos are now online:

Our next lunch

Next round is on Friday 1 November.
In the last lunch there was a misunderstanding about the coffee & tea. Yes, it was to be included in the price. Renaat Morel will offer a second cup at the next lunch if anybody wants!